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Drury GO Associate of Science in Behavioral Science

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In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll examine human behavior through the unique lenses of:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Criminology

All required courses can be completed online. Depending on your interests, you can also concentrate your elective coursework in a particular discipline.

 

Program Overview

The Associate of Science in Behavioral Science is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to examine behavior through the insights provided by psychology, sociology, and criminology. Psychology is the scientific study of how people think and behave, and psychologists study everything about human experience from the workings of the brain to consciousness, memory, moral reasoning, and language. Sociology provides valuable insights into social factors that affect how institutions and organizations operate, to include race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class. Criminology, which has a historically strong sociology influence, examines the psychological, environmental, and biological causes of criminal behavior, modes of criminal investigation and conviction, and how crime can be prevented.

Career Information

Jobs in psychology are projected to grow 14% by the year 2028 nationally. The median annual wage is $79,010. The median wage for clinical, counseling and school psychologists in Missouri specifically is $76,480.

Many career paths require advanced training and certification. Drury GO offers several related bachelor’s degrees to help you build on your behavioral science foundation. An Associate of Science in Behavioral Science degree gives you a solid basis for many jobs, including:

  • School counselor
    • Projected growth: 8.4%
    • Median annual wage: $56,310
  • Probation and correctional treatment work
    • Projected growth: 3.3%
    • Median annual wage: $53,020
  • Counseling for substance abuse, behavioral disorders, and mental health
    • Projected growth: 22.5%
    • Median annual wage: $44,630
  • Social work
    • Projected growth: 11.5%
    • Median annual wage: $49,470
  • Legal support
    • Projected growth: 12%
    • Median annual wage: $50,940